IRS scandals jeopardize agency funding to put in place Obama's massive new health care law

  • Article by: STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 15, 2013 - 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON — Mounting scandals at the Internal Revenue Service are jeopardizing critical funding for the agency as it gears up to play a big role in President Barack Obama's health care law.

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adliblogJun. 15, 13 3:46 PM

Where are the real conservatives when you need them? According to the original tax code the 501(c)(4) status should only be for those groups engaged "exclusively" in social welfare activities. but in 1959 the IRS equivocated and substituted "primarily" for "exclusively" in interpreting the statute. The real scandal is that ANY of these groups with "Patriot" or "TEA Party" in their name were awarded the status at all. I guess their applications would pass the smell test only if it was evident that their tax exempt political propaganda funded by anonymous donors was even primarily for the welfare of society. But these scammers won't be content with partial success as long as any such applications are denied. Since these radical RW charities are predicated on de-legitimizing the Affordable Care Act and indeed the IRS itself, the IRS will remain on its heels until it returns to the original interpretation of what qualifies for non-profit tax exemption and what constitutes a legitimate charitable donation.

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crystalbayJun. 15, 13 4:44 PM

This isn't even a real scandal, folks. Issa won't allow this info to go public and refuses to release the investigation interview records because they show no real wrong-doing or involvement with the WH. None whatsoever. What the investigation did turn up was the fact that a conservative Republican is the man who asked for guidance from higher ups because of his alarm at how right wing groups were scurrying to become tax-exempt even though clearly politicking. No smoking gun; no White House direction; no unfairly targeting conservatives. All this was was one very conscientious Republican doing his job, then Dr. Witchhunt Issa whipping it into some kind of scandal to make Obama look bad. At least the Republicans tactics are pathetically transparent these days. And, they're not working.

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tooty123Jun. 15, 13 5:33 PM

crystal bay is right on! Also, adliblog. We need to do away with ANY 501c4 that is NOT a social welfare group. That includes BOTH major political parties and any group who does political activity. NONE of them should have 501c4 status and revoke those who already have the status. Politicians can find their funds somewhere else! No more hiding of donors! I have to report my name and address if I donate and so should everyone else, including the "people" corporations!

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borisbadenovJun. 15, 13 5:51 PM

The IRS is the enforcement arm of obamacare. That in itself should cause every American to pause and ask who obama really is and if this is another dream of his father. Everyone will now be on obama's enemies list.

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borisbadenovJun. 15, 13 5:52 PM

"At least the Republicans tactics are pathetically transparent these days. And, they're not working."

And the obama regime is not at all transparent and is obviously not working.

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potter101Jun. 15, 13 6:01 PM

The regressives party rush to claim all their political group being non profits is taking a big chunk out of a republic, when the regressive political groups can't be taken to task by contributions of any size by any body. It is a major setback for democracy and the people of this country will be the losers. This and the regressive national program to find as many ways as possible to take away the democrats voting rights.

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restoreorderJun. 15, 13 6:13 PM

I am personally deeply ashamed of all the people that continue to say that the IRS was right and justified in criminally targeting hardworking American citizens because of their beliefs. This has defined the left and always will ..... that the rule of law is meaningless if you disagree with it. None of these people deserve to live in a free society.

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restoreorderJun. 15, 13 6:45 PM

I am personally deeply ashamed of all the people that continue to say that the IRS was right and justified in criminally targeting hardworking American citizens because of their beliefs. This has defined the left and always will ..... that the rule of law is meaningless if you disagree with it. None of these people deserve to live in a free society.

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dogmanJun. 16, 13 1:00 AM

"I am personally deeply ashamed of all the people that continue to say that the IRS was right and justified in criminally targeting" -- what was criminal? What laws were broken? I'm personally deeply ashamed of all the people who accuse a majority of people as having no respect for the law when they are in fact the ones who appear to be deficient in that area

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endothermJun. 16, 13 1:59 AM

Let's be clear. The so-called "scandals" at the IRS are just a pretext for Republicans to oppose a policy that they have always opposed. The people who will get hurt by this political game are the millions of people who will not be able to pay for their health care as Republicans obstruct reform. Obamacare isn't perfect, but it is now the law and we should be working to make sure it helps as many people as possible.

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